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By: Kaye Olivar

Back to Basics: Preparing, Sharing, and Closing a Conversation about Baptism

If we want to grow more in effectively sharing the foundations of the faith, we need to keep learning. To help you prepare for and transition from each topic in the ONE 2 ONE, we’ve come up with basic tips for sharing each chapter. We hope today’s article will help you be more prepared to have a conversation about water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Before Sharing about Baptism

  1. Pray and study the material on Baptism.
  2. Ask questions and go through them with your pastor or Victory Group leader.
  3. Take note that some people have a certain notion about water baptism. Some equate it as a ceremony to officiate one’s membership into a church. But we have to go back to what the Scripture clearly says and does not say about water baptism. You may study and research this culture if you want to know more.
  4. Have faith that the Holy Spirit will move in the person and cause transformation.

While Sharing about Baptism

  1. You may ask if they have already been water baptized before, especially if they came from a Christian family. If they say yes, ask them if they were aware of why they went through it. But whether or not they had a biblical basis, it’s a great day to be reminded of why water baptism is a natural response to the gospel.
  2. Because we live in a nation where it is believed that water baptism is a ceremony to officiate one’s Christianity, we must emphasize that salvation is through Christ alone. You may also review the chapter on Salvation to realign them to the word.
  3. Emphasize the heart behind the water baptism—Christ’s death and resurrection that makes it possible for us to die to sin and be raised to a new life.
  4. In sharing about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, it would be very helpful to focus on the purpose of why we are empowered. While our own experiences with water baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit must have been very exciting and awesome, it would be helpful for the new disciple to know that the Holy Spirit is present in our lives to help us live faithful and purposeful lives. You may give a short testimony of what you experienced, but point out examples of how the Holy Spirit has empowered you in your personal life and as you make disciples.

After Sharing about Baptism

  1. If the student’s parents refuse to allow them to get water baptized because of their own beliefs, we’re in no place to force the students but instead, we can teach them to pray for their parents to have a change of heart and to be open to the gospel.
  2. Ask the person if they have any questions about what you talked about. If you don’t know the answer, it’s okay. Let them know that you will get back to them after you ask your leader or your pastor. Make sure you follow through.
  3. As you pray for the person, have faith that the Holy Spirit can empower that person’s life even if you two are not in a Victory Weekend setting.
  4. Set up a date for your next meeting.
  5. Message them throughout the week and ask how they were able to continually encounter the Holy Spirit during their own time in prayer.
About the author
Kaye Olivar

Kaye is an incoming Campus Missionary from Every Nation Campus Bataan. She’s an ENFP who loves to do random things, write, call her dog just to tease him, or read a good book. When she’s not serving the students in the campus, she’s by her window, painting book covers, just for fun.

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